Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has come out fully swinging, holding nothing back as he accused Democrats of "obstruction."
The vital COVID-19 economic relief package failed to pass through the senate.
Democrats have been demanding more pork be added to the bill, including "tax credits for solar panels."
Umm… what exactly do tax credits for solar panels have to do with the current pandemic?
Nothing. But Democrats are attempting to use this crisis to force their unpopular agendas into mainstream policy.
See McConnell's fiery speech on the Senate floor below:
President Trump and other leaders have been calling unity during this time of crisis.
The president has acted quickly to stimulate the economy and to minimize the health impact of the novel coronavirus.
However, the proposed stimulus bill failed to pass the Senate due to unrelated demands by Senate Democrats.
This will harm every day Americans as well as small businesses as quarantines continue throughout the country.
The Hill has more on McConnell's excoriating review of Democrats:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tore into Democrats Monday morning for their latest stimulus demands as more than three days of negotiations have failed to yield a deal.
McConnell ticked off the items on what he called the “Democratic wish list,” citing tax deductions to solar and wind energy companies, workplace provisions sought by organized labor and new emissions standards for the airlines.
“Are you kidding me?” McConnell asked on the floor.
“This is the moment to debate new regulations that have nothing whatsoever to do with this crisis? That’s what they’re up to over there,” he said, motioning across the aisle.
“Democrats won’t let us fund hospitals or save small businesses unless they get to dust off the 'Green New Deal,'” he said, referring to a sweeping liberal proposal to address global climate change.
The Senate was in all weekend working on a huge stimulus bill to respond to the hit the economy is taking from the coronavirus pandemic. The weekend talks did not result in a deal, and McConnell has sought to use falling markets on Monday morning to raise pressure on the Democrats.
McConnell warned Democrats are playing with fire by dragging out the talks, pointing to the morning’s drop in the stock markets, which have wiped out gains made since President Trump won the 2016 election.
“I hear the markets are not doing well today. They’d like to ask the question of us, why not move? Why are Democrats filibustering the bipartisan bill they helped write?” the GOP leader said.
The proposed bill includes $500 billion in loans for small American businesses.
An additional $58 billion is designated specifically for the airline industry.
Top economists are worried that if a stimulus package isn't passed soon, entire industries could crumble and result in massive layoffs.
More details on Democrat obstruction below:
It's not just McConnell.
Kevin McCarthy has also spoken out and criticized both Schumer and Pelosi for playing political games withthe coronavirus relief package.
Rather than trying to work with Republicans and actually help the American people, McCarthy accused Democratic leaders of stuffing the bill with pork or attempting to prioritize unrelated issues.
Fox News has more on McCarthy's comments:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of obstructing necessary financial aid that Americans need during the coronavirus shutdown.
McCarthy told “Fox & Friends” that he and Pelosi are the only lawmakers currently in the House.
“She cannot craft another bill. Time is of the essence. People will lose their job today because of what Schumer and the others are portraying and doing.”
McCarthy credited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for forming a bipartisan effort among Republicans and Democrats to create the economic stimulus bill.
“This is a different process,” McCarthy said. “It was the leaders that came and stopped this process.”
The GOP-controlled Senate on Sunday failed to move forward with considering the $1.4 trillion "Phase Three" stimulus package intended to help businesses and families devastated by the downturn over the coronavirus outbreak, McConnell blasted Democrats opposed to the plan.
After the bill failed to move forward, McConnell tore into Democrats, accusing them of backing out of a bipartisan agreement once Pelosi, D-Calif., and Schumer, D-N.Y., intervened. He claimed Pelosi took "a week off" and "poured cold water on the whole process." He also said the Senate would take another vote on the motion to proceed with consideration of the bill Monday morning, "15 minutes after the markets open to see if there's a change of heart."
Both McConnell and McCarthy are correct.
This is a national emergency, not a political opportunity.
Instead of trying to take advantage of a crisis to find funding for solar panels or abortions, Democrats should be looking for solutions to provide relief to tax payers impacted by COVID-19.